• Marker Monday: Georgia Warm Springs Foundation

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the efforts of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation to treat the crippling disease of polio. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Basil O’ Connor established the Foundation in July 1927. Roosevelt himself suffered from polio beginning in 1921 and became a frequent visitor to the medicinal springs in Warm Springs, Georgia, starting in […]

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  • Marker Monday: The Signers’ Monument

    This week’s #MarkerMonday is in honor of Independence Day. In all, fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence between July 4 and August 2, 1776. Georgia sent George Walton, Dr. Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and all three signed the Declaration. Each of these men made contributions and […]

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  • Marker Monday: U.S.S. Harris County

    This week’s #MarkerMonday remembers the Arctic expedition of the USNS Harris County in 1955 and 1956. Originally known as LST-822, the ship was commissioned November 23, 1944, and served in the Pacific theater during World War II and in the Korean War. Primarily used to transport military vehicles and troops during water-born invasions, LSTs (abbreviation […]

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  • Marker Monday: Johnny Mercer

    The week’s #MarkerMonday focuses on Georgia’s musical history through the life of songwriter and Savannah native, Johnny Mercer. In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Mercer co-founded Capitol Records, wrote for Broadway musicals, and was nominated for several Academy Awards, winning four. John Herndon Mercer was born and spent much of his youth in Savannah. […]

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  • Marker Monday: Fort Augusta-Fort Cornwallis: St. Paul’s Church

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights Fort Augusta/Fort Cornwallis and the American Revolution in Georgia. Built in 1735, at the falls of the Savannah River, Fort Augusta was a center for trade with the Native Americans in the region. The site also saw the construction of St. Paul’s Church “under the curtain of the fort” in 1750. […]

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    Marker Monday: Finney General Hospital

    In honor of D-Day, this week’s #MarkerMonday highlights the Finney General Hospital and Georgia’s role in World War II. When the war came to America, Georgia answered the call doing all it could to support the war effort. Every major city in the state boasted a military installation of some variety. Facilities like Fort Benning, […]

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  • Marker Monday: The Poppy Lady

    In honor of Memorial Day, today’s #MarkerMonday focuses on Moina Bell Michael, The Poppy Lady. Moina Belle Michael was a teacher and native of Good Hope, Georgia. In 1918 Moina took a leave of absence from her teaching position at the State Normal School in Athens, GA, to work for the YMCA Overseas War Workers […]

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  • Marker Monday: SS Savannah and SS John Randolph

    This week’s #MarkerMonday highlights two history-making steamships associated with the Port of Savannah and recognized in a historical marker along Savannah’s famous River Street. The first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, the SS Savannah sailed from Savannah Harbor in May 1819 – 197 years ago this week.  Backed by the Savannah Steamship Company (of […]

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    Marker Monday: Button Gwinnett

    This week’s #MarkerMonday commemorates the tragic final days of an American patriot, Button Gwinnett. Gwinnett was born in Gloucestershire, England in 1735. He came to Georgia in 1765 and acquired a store in Savannah. He later purchased St. Catherine’s Island in Saint John’s Parish (now Liberty County). He moved to the island and engaged in […]

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    Marker Monday: Admiral John Henry Towers

    This week’s #MarkerMonday shines a spotlight on naval aviator, John Henry Towers. Towers was born January 30, 1885 in Rome, Georgia. After graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1906, Towers went on to have a distinguished career in naval aviation, having entered the program in its early stages. In addition to setting several early […]

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